She’s outrageous, extrovert and fond of swinging upside down – feisty American singer P!nk is slated to grace the stage as part of this year’s Yasalam after-race concert series.
The chart-topping performer Pink been confirmed as a headliner for this year’s Formula 1 after-race concert series, joining DJ Calvin Harris, following an announcement of two of the four performers on Tuesday.
So before we all sing along to her hits like ‘Get the Party Started’, ‘Just Like a Pill’ and ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, here are five interesting facts about the three-time Grammy Award winner that you need to know before she hits our shores for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2017…
- P!nk’s real name is Alecia Beth Moore. She got her ‘stage’ name after friends agreed she resembled the character Mr Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 crime drama, Reservoir Dogs.
- Scribbling lyrics became an outlet to express her feelings as a teenager. Her mother, who recalled reading some of her writings, described them as “very introspective” but with dark themes and “almost worrisome”.
- After several failed attempts to make a name in the music business – including a short-lived stint with an R&B group that she co-founded – P!nk finally released her debut album titled Can’t Take Me Home in April 2000. But it was her 2001 follow-up album, Missundaztood, that really launched her career.
- A vegetarian, P!nk is a big animal-rights activist and a long-time member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). She’s also a known supporter of various charities and philanthropy groups including Save the Children, Red Cross, Autism Speaks and UNICEF.
- Ironically, here favourite colour is in fact black, not pink, but the Yas Island track has changed the colour scheme of its contours and run-off areas from blue to pink in her honour.
While P!nk brings the pop, dance music fans are taken care of by Scottish superstar DJ Calvin Harris – real name Adam Richard Wiles. The lanky music maker is always teaming up with other A-listers (here he is with Katy Perry, Pharrell and Big Sean), so will he bringing one of them along for the ride?
While not the first DJ to grace the Yasalam stage, the ‘I Need Your Love’ producer certainly belongs in a league of his own, having been around since the early 2000s and helping take the EDM genre to mainstream ears.
You may know him as Taylor Swift’s ex, or you may know him as that guy that collaborated with Rihanna on a bunch of cool songs, but there’s more to this DJ, songwriter and producer than meets the eye. Here are eight reasons why we love Calvin Harris…
- He breaks records: The release of his third album, 18 Months, marked another milestone for Harris as he became the first artist in UK chart history to achieve eight top ten singles on one album. And who previously held this record, you might ask? None other than the late legend that is Michael Jackson.
- He’s proud of his achievements: In 2013, Harris was awarded the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. Harris called it “the greatest achievement of my entire life”.
- He knows the meaning of hard work: Eager to make it as a DJ, Harris took jobs like stacking shelves and worked in a fish processing factory, all to buy music equipment…
- …And he refused to give up:Harris was the first signing for talent booker Mark Gillespie’s new firm, after Gillespie discovered his popular soundtracks on social media site, MySpace. Struggling to get his foot in the door in London, Harris moved back home to Scotland in 1999 where a lack of money and job opportunities forced him to create homemade solo recordings in his bedroom – but it paid off.
- He’s not your average egotistical celebrity:Harris has performed at various charitable events, including Wasted Youth, a UK concert to raise awareness of suicide among young men; Hometime Scotland, Shelter’s campaign to end homelessness in Scotland; The War Child’s post-Brit Awards show to raise funds and awareness for children affected by violence in war; a charity concert to raise funds for the Children’s Orthopaedic Center in LA and the Stereosonic music festival in Australia for World Aids Day.
- He’s in his own world: In 2008, Harris turned down the opportunity to work on a collaboration with Lady Gaga, claiming he didn’t know who she was.
- He listens to his fans: During last year’s Coachella, Harris, who became the first DJ to close out the festival, played up to the rumour that he had a surprise guest for the night. Enter Rihanna – who performed her massive hit song produced by Harris, We Found Love, much to the delight of the crowd.
- He has his eyes on the prize: Harris once said: “I want to be the number one songwriter-producer guy of all time.” It seems he’s achieved his goal: Harris has topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid DJs for four years in a row (2013-2016). Even after a seemingly bad year in 2016, when his annual earnings dipped by $3m, he still beat the competition – Dutch DJ Tiesto and Frenchman David Guetta – by raking in a whopping $63m.
Calvin Harris performs at the Yasalam after-race concerts on Thursday, 23rd November. P!nk will close the concert series on Sunday 26th November at du Arena. Entry is limited to Formula 1 ticket holders. To find out more or purchase tickets, visit: yasalam.ae, yasmarinacircuit.com